Music and Ghazal Singing

In all the Forms of Art: Literary [Poetry]; Visual [Architecture, Painting, Sculpture]; and Performing [Dance, Drama, Music], Rhythm is the common Principle of Creativity—though its presence is most palpably felt in MUSIC.

MUSIC, at its sublimest, is Mystical.

Its unique vibrations lift the Soul [one of the Trio: Body, Mind, and Soul] where it can have creative communion with God, the Incomparable Artist—in every imaginable sphere.

The Greek Mathematician Pythagoras has spoken of Music of the Spheres.

The German genius Goethe has called Architecture “Frozen Music”.

Le Corbusier, who gave us Chandigarh, created what he called “Undulatory or Musical Glazing”—and went on to declare that “When the Eye hears the Music of Proportions, Architecture is born”.

RHYTHM is a strong, regular repeated pattern of Sound [as in Music], of Movement [as in Dance], and of Motif [as in Architecture].

In MUSIC, Scale is an arrangement of notes in order of pitch.

HARMONY is freedom from conflict.

In MUSIC, Harmony is the combination of musical notes sounded at the same time to produce chords with a pleasing audial effect.

MUSIC is an Edifice of Sound. By this token, it resembles Architecture, and shares with this “Mother of all Arts” the four Elements of Space, Structure, Form, and Time. If Architecture is Frozen Music, as Goethe has so succinctly stated its case, Music must be Architecture whose Structure progressively thaws into the Formlessness (and fluid grace) of Space and Time. In other words, Music regains thereby its genesis in Nada (i.e. Primal Sound) to become Architecture of the Soul!

MUSIC is the most sublime Art that the ears hear. When deep and sustained listening becomes interiorised, MUSIC is transformed into Meditation—a mystic absorption of the Soul [Atma] with God’s Divine Effulgence [Param Atma]. The inner ear then sees God, and the listener experiences a reborn-ness that makes him supremely creative.

MUSIC is a dynamic art. Therefore, if a singer sings badly, or the musician performs poorly, the intelligent among the audience quietly leave the auditorium—without advice from anyone! Musical Theories and Investigations by Pythagoras Pythagoras was a Greek mathematician, mystic, and scientist. He was very interested in Music. Pythagoras wanted to improve the Music of his day, which he believed was not harmonious enough and was too hectic. He is thus reputed to have applied the laws of Mathematics to the understanding and development of harmonious Music. According to legend, the way Pythagoras discovered that musical notes could be translated into mathematical equations was when one day he passed blacksmiths at work, and thought that the sounds emanating from their anvils being hit were beautiful and harmonious and decided that whatever scientific law caused this to happen must be mathematical and could be applied to Music. He went to the blacksmiths to learn how this had happened. By looking at their tools, he discovered that it was because the anvils were "simple ratios of each other, one was half the size of the first, another was 2/3 the size, and so on." Pythagoras believed in something called the "Harmony of the Spheres”. He believed that the planets and the stars moved according to mathematical equations, which corresponded to musical notes—and thus produced a soulful symphony. The readers will certainly have their own notions of this fascinating subject, but I urge them to explore afresh, in the light of this exposition, the self-renewing and life-enriching realm of Music where many pleasant surprises await them with lyrical loveliness they haven’t known before!

Let me pay my poetic tribute to MUSIC

Main hoon navaaye rooh-i-bashar kaayenaat mein
Sun lo mujhei na aaoon nazar kaayenaat mein
Arpan Sarawati kei dar-i-paak par rahoon
Izhaar-i-haq hai mera hunar kaayenaat mein

I’m the Inner Voice of every Human in the Universe
You may hear ME—but can’t discern in the Universe
I’m an eternal offering at Saraswati’s sacred door
My Heartbeat is Truth’s expression in the Universe

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Ghazal Rendition

  • Aalam na poochhiye jo hamaara hai aaj kal
  • Dil soz se khaali hai niga paak nahin hai
  • Go zara si baat par barson ke yaaraane gaye
  • Gulzaar-i-hast-o-bood na begaanavaar dekh
  • Jinhein main dhoondata tha aasmaanon mein zameenon mein
  • Kya kya saroor-o-kaif se waabastagi rahi
  • Mainun tera shabaab lai baittha
  • Mujhe saihl ho gaiyeen manzilein woh hawa ke rukh bhi badal gayel
  • Shaam-i-gham phir us nigaah-i-naaz ki baatein karo
  • Sitaaron se aage jahaan aur bhi hain
  • Too hai sar-b-sar koyi daastaan hai 'ajeeb 'aalam-i-anjuman
  • Woh chaand woh gulaab yeh jaam-i-safaal hai